The Rev. Beverly L. Wilkes-Null on Living Between the Fringes of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Beverly L. Wilkes-Null

Wilkes-Null is directing pastor at Highland Hope United Methodist Church in Highland, Illinois, and a delegate to General Conference 2020. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of BCNN1.


Does God still have need of The United Methodist Church?

I’ve been listening to our church fight over the issue of human sexuality for 30 years. As we look toward General Conference 2020, the thing that bothers me most is that while we have fought over human sexuality, there has been very little interdisciplinary discussion about human sexuality during this period.

Perhaps those of us who live in the United States of America are “all knowing” and have the luxury of believing that our way of understanding the Bible is the only way

While there has been very little conversation or willingness to learn from each other around issues of human sexuality, somehow it has been discerned that it is time for The United Methodist Church to be dismantled and destroyed because it no longer represents a few people on opposite radical ends.

What about the rest of us — the centrists who have been willing to listen and find validity in the holy disagreements of the radical ends? What about The United Methodist Church for the rest of us?

I grew up as a Missionary Baptist in Western Kentucky and became a United Methodist because of its large theological tent rooted in a Wesleyan understanding of grace. I am one who has always viewed our United Methodist Book of Discipline as our covenant of law and grace.

When General Conference 2019 was over, my heart sank as I realized that with the passing of the Traditional Plan, we United Methodists had stripped our book of covenant of its grace.

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Source: United Methodist News